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Even those new to life outdoors know there’s one rule more crucial than all the rest: Be prepared. These two simple words are foundational to survival training and appear in all the most important survival resources, from the Scout Motto to the Principles of Leave No Trace to the pages of Bushcraft 101. Whether you’re heading out for a long-distance backpacking journey or are simply embarking on a short hike, you must always prepare.
Being prepared for anything means anticipating rain, wind, harsh sun, stings, bites and wildlife encounters. However, when hiking, you need to be prepared without weighing yourself down. For day hikes, you’re limited to only the essentials you pack in your backpack or on your body, so you have to be discerning about what you bring.
ReadyWise offers a 64 Piece Survival Kit Backpack that is perfect to store in your car, house, boat, etc. It is a great backpack to bring along on adventures in case of emergency. It comes packed with food and water pouches, first aid and hygiene supplies as well as survival equipment and even entertainment items.
One of the ways we prepare for wilderness outings is by optimizing protection and storage via our apparel. These days, technical hiking gear can do a whole lot for you, from shielding you from the sun to keeping your phone completely dry. Often, proper apparel can even help you lighten up your load and haul less gear so you can push yourself further down the trail.
Always Tell Someone Where You’re Going
If you plan to venture off the beaten path, spend the night out in the woods or go hiking in a remote area, make sure to let someone know exactly where you’re going. Be specific about the exact trail and trailhead, and send a dropped pin if necessary. This ensures that you are easily located should something go awry.
With all of these great tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the wilds in the way they were meant to be enjoyed — safely! As long as you arm yourself with the right knowledge, gear and apparel, you’ll be able handle anything the trail throws your way.
Author: Kyle Shaw